Ramin Kousha

Sharknado [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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The Syfy channel's 2013 action/disaster film Sharknado went straight for the jugular, marketing and social media-ing its way straight to the top of the B-movie food chain on the premise of its brilliant title and its audacious melding of monsters and disasters. The film is assembled like a porno, offering a loose, implausible plot to create a situation where sharks fall out of the sky to eat people, which is all anyone who sits through Sharknado wants to see anyway. Accompanying the carnage is L.A.-based composer Ramin Kousha's appropriately heavy-handed score, which is receiving its own release courtesy of soundtrack label Phineas Atwood Productions. The largely orchestral score mixes the expected dark, brooding textures with thunderous, bass-heavy action sequences intended to wallop listeners in the gut. Fortunately, like the film, it doesn't take itself too seriously, but the dramatic overuse of compression in the mix does limit some of the fun. Essentially, it plays like an album full of action film trailers, but the expectations are pretty low when it comes to the Sharknado universe, and like the CGI sharks that somehow managed to survive for 30 minutes in the air, perhaps Kousha's score can survive without the movie's visuals.

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